Tt eSports Level 10 M Mouse Review: A BMW For Your Hands

Installation, Driver, And Software

Bundled software is used to configure as many as five profiles for the Level 10 M. It looks a little cluttered, but it's easy enough to navigate. Thermaltake's utility employs bitmap graphics for most of its text, which means that choosing a different language only changes the tool tips, not the titles of the buttons or other text elements. This probably won't be a problem for our U.S. audience, but it's still good to know if you prefer a different language.

An on-screen display (OSD) can be activated to show options visually, but we ended up turning it off. The large display took up too much space, which only served to annoy us.

The software includes something called battle mode, which ties LED lighting to your clicking activity. The faster you click (presumably during the heat of a firefight), the more active the lights become. We decided to be adventurous and activate it.

Lighting under the left mouse button, the mouse wheel, and the Thermaltake logo can be configured individually by choosing from several pre-set color options.

There are two advertising videos that launch when you click on these two buttons. We're not sure of their point; if you installed the software, there's a good chance you already bought the mouse.

We now know why the mouse software takes 45 MB of drive space. The two ad videos account for 38 MB. Leaving them out could have made the software package a much more streamlined 7 MB. Even still, we recommend downloading the latest version because some functions can't be used without it.

The macro recorder works without a hitch, and being able to edit delays comes in particularly handy. Assigning macros to mouse buttons couldn’t be any easier.

Configuring the sensor's resolution is easy, and all of the features we'd expect to see from an enthusiast-class mouse are available. The X- and Y-axis sensitivity can even be configured independently.

If you'd like to change the default DPI settings, Thermaltake makes that possible as well. Folks who prefer lower sensitivity than the stock minimum of 800 DPI will find this particularly useful.

All profiles can be saved and loaded. This way, any settings that aren’t needed can be saved for later.

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  • amuffin
    Quote:
    At about $100

    Thanks, but it's kinda expensive...
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  • lahawzel
    "The Tt eSports Level 10 M feels cooler to the touch than a well-known competitor's flagship".

    Dangit, which mouse is this? The picture shows too little of it for me to tell!
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  • amuffin
    Quote:
    At about $100

    Thanks, but it's kinda expensive...
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  • ricardok
    lahawzel"The picture shows too little of it for me to tell!
    Razer??
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  • olaf
    i guess someoen got a good deal on his new BMW after this article....
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  • FormatC
    Anonymous said:
    i guess someoen got a good deal on his new BMW after this article....
    Wrong, I'm an Audi-Driver :D
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  • olaf
    Anonymous said:
    Wrong, I'm an Audi-Driver :D


    Hah there may be hope for you yet :)
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  • FormatC
    No chance. I had 2 BMWs, never again ;)
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  • designasaurus
    For the hand-temperature test, was the competitor's mouse also used with fingertip/claw grip?

    I ask because I use fingertip grip myself, and I am inclined to think that simply keeping the bulk of your hand off the mouse does a lot to reduce sweating. In fact, the only places that get sweaty are where the fingertips go, just like in the picture of the Level 10 M!
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  • FormatC
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    it’s designed to be used with a combination of a claw and a fingertip grip.

    It was measured the same place (on both mices) where the palm rested really. Take a look at the first and second photo (sweat traces). The second mouse was touched in the same way (I hate the complete palm-grip) :)
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  • boletus
    Way too many gizmos for me; how do you hold onto it without pressing a button? Does anyone make an ergonomic, durable mouse with adjustable DPI and less than 6 buttons? I have a Logitech G500 with a primary button that wore out after one year, and I had to disable the thumb buttons because they just get in the way. Spent $60, and feel like a fool, since the cheapo OEM Logitech mice last longer. But I need high DPI for my wrist.
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  • echondo
    So, now we need to worry about our mice overheating?

    /sarcasm
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  • sixdegree
    I'd like to see some comparison on thermal performance between this Level 10M mouse and TT Black Element Cyclone. One of them use passive thermal solution in form of holes while the other use active spinning fan. Also, operating noise benchmark would be nice.
    -1
  • ryedizzel
    not enough side buttons to replace my razer for MMOs (or most other games i play). but i can attest to Thermaltake's build quality. currently using their Meka G1 mechanical keyboard after trying the razer and corsair and sending them back.
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  • ryedizzel
    and for the record corsair's K60 keyboard also had great build quality. but i felt the cherry black switches on the Meka G1 were better for gaming.
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  • FormatC
    @boletus:
    You can disable every button separately if you dislike the switch :)
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  • Jax69
    is it ambidextrous or not?
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  • FormatC
    Yes, it is.
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  • tului
    You could have called a 6 pointed screwdriver what it is...A Torx.
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  • tului
    tuluiYou could have called a 6 pointed screwdriver what it is...A Torx.


    Or actually a hex driver, which it appears to be.
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  • FormatC
    Anonymous said:
    You could have called a 6 pointed screwdriver what it is...A Torx.


    Typical translation error - but it insn't a Torx :D


    This is a so-called Inbus design, not Torx (left: Inbus, right: Torx)
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